May 17, 2016
1. Good, even sound quality
2. Essay on modernity pulls together a lot of historical and philosophical threads so show that modernity is a beautiful tapestry under which we are being smothered; let us know when it's finished
3. Nice name-check of De Lillo and his novel "Underworld" (itself worthy of an hour-long discussion imo); I've got his latest on order from the library
May 5, 2016
Man Discovers a New Thing; studies it, catalogues it, NAMES it, and becomes the OWNER of the New Thing.
You mentioned how illiterate people were considered beasts...
The Enlightenment was British Colonialism codified into a Scientific ....Oh dear, Your are saying it now! 46:00 or so!
The Ruling Class owns us, that is the Enlightenment!
Theo Adorno is a great read. Minima Moralia--
The book acknowledges its roots in the "damaged life" of its author, one of many intellectuals driven into exile by fascism, who, according to Adorno, are "mutilated without exception". But as one of its aphorisms reads, "The splinter in your eye is the best magnifying glass." So, as splinters left over from the smashed mirror of philosophy, the book's fragments try to illuminate clues as to humanity's descent into inhumanity in their immediate surroundings.
Redemption would be a final break with a system which he regarded as deterministic in the large, producing, certainly, a variety of alternative "virtual" histories, but virtual histories that would share common characteristics. Musically speaking and as seen in Mahler, certain themes would return, whether first as tragedy and then as tragic and murderous farce (where the farce of the Second Empire produced the unspoken yet real tragedy of the slaughter of the working class in Paris of 1871, one unmentioned and unmourned because the victims are unfashionable today).